The best mountain bike workstands are a must-have item. They hold the bike clear of ground, allowing you to change parts, true wheels, adjust gears and carry out routine maintenance – ensuring your bike is in tip-top condition and saving you money in the process.
The best mountain bike workstands let you work on your bike to carry out essential maintenance and keep it running as smoothly as possible. The best maintenance workstands clamp to the seat post, allow you to access all of the components as well as spin the cranks so you can run through the gears or true the wheels. They should be lightweight and fold up for storage. Having the knowledge and the tools to service and repair your own bike will save you time and money, it will make your rides more enjoyable, and it will reward you with a tremendous sense of satisfaction. Here’s our pick of the best workstands for your mountain bike according to our expert reviewers.
For all you bike fettlers out there with the best mountain bike tool kits at your disposal, it makes sense to pair your tool collection to a really good workstand. Here’s what’s the best ‘stands out there are the moment.
Best mountain bike workstands
- Feedback Sports Recreational Workstand – WINNER
- Park Tool Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand – RUNNER UP
- B’Twin 500 Workstand – BEST VALUE
- Topeak Prepstand ZX
- Feedback Sports Ultimate Pro Elite
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Feedback Sports Recreational Workstand
Price: £160 | Weight: 6.04kg | Working height: 131cm | Clamp offset: 26cm | Leg footprint: 110cm
For the last 15 years I’ve had the forerunner of the Feedback Sports Recreational stand in my shed. When it was new, it was part of the now defunct Wrench Force range, but it’s identical in almost every way to the stand you can buy now. And despite spending all that time in a damp shed, it’s still going strong, which is testament to its simple design and excellent build quality.
Simple, because the tripod base uses the main upright as one of the three legs; the other two swing out and secure with a thru-pin. Simple, because it’s not height adjustable, and there are no telescoping sections to the upright. Consequently the working height is just about acceptable for me, although you might want something taller if you’re over six foot. Equally, it’s taller when folded than some other stands.
It’s perfectly stable though, and the clamp will hold dropper posts solidly without issue. To clamp the post, you have to spin the dial, which is slower than the Park’s quick release unit, but we only think this is an issue when you’re trying to clamp a heavy e-bike.
Rotating the bike is possible, but the large dial at the back of the clamp arm needs to be tightened pretty hard to stop the front end dropping – improving the grip and leverage here would be welcome.
Lighter and cheaper (we’ve seen it online for as little as £75) than the Park stand, the Feedback Sports Recreational Stand doesn’t boast many bells and whistles, but it does the job of letting you work on your bike extremely well and I can personally vouch for its durability.
Park Tool Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand
Price: £199.99 | Weight: 7.5kg | Working height: 146cm | Clamp offset: 23cm | Leg footprint: 126cm
Unboxing the Park Deluxe Home Mechanic stand was the most involved of all the models on test. That said, it only took about fifteen minutes to assemble and it’s a job you only need to do once. Once built, it looks and feels like the most serious workstand here. In fact its heft was obvious without even putting it on the scales. Much as this is a ‘portable’ workstand, we wouldn’t want to lug it around for long.
Like the Feedback Sports, Park uses the upright as the third leg, with the other two folding out as you slide a collar down the main shaft. Cleverly, it has also angled the upright to give more room to work on the bike and increase pedal clearance. However, this does increase the size of the footprint – at 126cm it takes up the most floor space.
The clamp is height adjustable up to 146cm, which puts the bike at a comfortable height for working on. Having said that, the jaws of the clamp are too big to secure the 25.4mm telescoping tube of a typical dropper post. As such you’ll either have to use something to shim the clamp, or pull the lower part of the post out of the frame.
The quick release handle works great though – you can quickly and easily mount a bike without giving yourself a hernia. It’s also easy to rotate the bike to the correct angle, and tighten the arm to prevent slipping – even with the front wheel raised up.
Finally there’s a small, but useful, tool tray that comes with the stand – perfect for holding a selection of Allen keys and screwdrivers, as well as small parts that you don’t want to lose. Park work stands are a common sight in bike shops, race pits and the sheds and garages of enthusiasts around the world. There’s good reason for this; they’re well thought out, functional and built to last.
BTwin 500 Bike Workstand
Price: £69.99 | Weight: 4.24kg | Working height: 151cm | Clamp offset: 28cm | Leg footprint: 100cm
Let’s get the obvious bit out of the way first – B’Twin 500 Workstand is incredibly inexpensive. Although nominally priced at just under sixty quid, at the time of writing it was discounted to a frankly unbelievable £49.99. Even without the discount, to get a proper workstand that holds the bike completely off the ground, without removing the front wheel, at this price is impressive.
Out of the box, it assembles quickly with no tools required. The construction is, understandably, to a budget, with lots of plastic rather than metal, but it’s reasonably sturdy. Having said that, we probably wouldn’t use it for e-bike maintenance.
The tripod base has a small footprint, so it’s not the most stable design, and there’s enough flex to make it feel a bit out of its depth when really wrenching on bottom bracket cups and pedals.
The working height is good, in fact the best here, and it folds up quickly – although the bike clamp doesn’t fold inline with the main support.
There are a few problems with the B’Twin 500. The first is that you can’t fit the supplied tool tray with a left hand pedal installed and still spin the cranks as the two interfere. Secondly, the cam on the quick release seatpost clamp is too large, so it’s hard to close. And finally it won’t clamp most dropper posts as the jaws are too large to grip a 25.4mm tube.
If you’ve got less than £100 to spend, however, these issues are far from deal breakers, as there are simple solutions to get around them (pad out the jaws and remove the tray or the left pedal).
Topeak Prepstand ZX
If portability is important
Price: £129 | Weight: 2.86kg | Working height: 135cm | Clamp offset: 28cm | Leg footprint: 88cm
For quick repairs, such as aligning a brake caliper or adjusting gears, we rarely bother clamping the bike in a workstand. Instead we simply hang the nose of the saddle over the clamp so that the bike is in the air. It’s a quick and easy shortcut if you don’t need full stability. We’re obviously not the only people to do it, because Topeak has actually created a stand designed to do just this. By eliminating the clamp mechanism completely, weight and cost are reduced. As a result the Topeak Prepstand ZX weighs a scant 2.8kg and packs down so small it’s no problem to sling in the back of the car for a weekend riding trip. It’s also pretty good value at £129.
The build quality is superb, with smooth quick release fasteners, etched height markings and a main support that remains aligned as you raise it. To work on the bike, you simply insert the seatpost between the two horizontal prongs and rest the saddle on the flat rubber pads.
While it’s a well-made product, it’s not without its limitations. Obviously the bike is free to move, so any job where you want it to remain fixed in place (removing bottom brackets, bleeding brakes) is made more difficult. Also the front wheel rests on the floor, so you can’t use the stand for jobs where you need it to spin. And the working height is quite low, so even someone of average height will need to stoop a bit to work on the gears.
Feedback Sports Ultimate Pro Elite
Price: £295.00 | Weight: 6kg | Work height: 1,070-1,800mm | Folded size: 203 x 1,168mm | Max. load: 38.6kg
Pros: Should last you years and years
Cons: OTT for the occasional mechanic
We’ve had a version of this iconic workstand for nigh on twenty(!) years and it’s still going strong. We will admit to disassembling and servicing the clamp head once but this is far from being a Trigger’s Broom; this is still completely the original workstand that arrived at mbr HQ sometime around the new millennium.
This new version doesn’t mess with the formula too much. It’s a tad longer in the central telescopic column so, although it consequently doesn’t pack down as compactly, it does hold hefty mountain bikes a fair but higher in the air without any undue teetering. We think it’s a smart move on Feedback Sports’ part.
The key change with the new version is the revised head clamp design. The spring-release head is super fast. The clamp adjuster is spoked and easier to dial in/off. The jaws of the clamp are longer and seemingly squidgier than the previous model and although some internet commenters complain that the jaws are tricky to clamp on certain complex bike frames, we’ve never had any issue with any of the dozens of bikes we’ve had in this new stand since we’ve had it on test. In conclusion: this stand is excellent to use and you may be able to pass it on to your kids as a family heirloom.
What to look for in the best mountain bike workstands:
There are broadly two types of bike workstand: those that have clamps and those that use some sort of cradle or arm. Don’t be tempted by anything that isn’t a clamp workstand though. Sure, cradle/arm race workstands are cheaper and look like a good idea. But it isn’t really. It’s not worth it. Either go for a proper workstand or don’t go for a stand at all.
Even sticking within the remit of clamp workstands, there are numerous different types of clamp design. The clamp is far and away the most important bit of the stand. Get an annoying one and it will the bane of your bike wrenching existence. It can also lead to improper clamping force which, in turn leads to either you or your bike getting damaged (probably both).
Now then, calm down. There is no need to get a mega-techno mega-bucks clamp design. You aren’t a bike shop mechanic or a pro racer’s wrench. You just need a clamp with soft rubber-lined jaws and some sort of semi-quick-release function with tighten/loosen lever on it.You’re looking for something that quickly opens/closes enough with one movement of a lever (to get the seatpost/top tube in) and then clamp down just enough to hold things just-so whilst you fine-tune the final clamping force.
The more squidgy rubber used, the better. It not only prevents cosmetic damage to your bike but it also holds things more securely. Try to avoid really deep/long jaws, as they often don’t fit modern curvy, tight-space full suspension mountain bike frames very well. Modest jaws with plenty of rubber on them are best.
You also need to make sure the clamp is rotatable so it can hold your bike in different angles and via different sections (seat post, top tube etc). This is really useful when gravity-bleeding disc brakes for example.
As we just pointed out, you aren’t a bike shop. Nor are you a bike factory assembly line. Your workstand will spend the vast majority of its life not-in-use. We wouldn’t worry too much about speed of assembly/collapse. The key thing here is striking a balance of compactness when stowed away versus stability when unfolded and in use. Small workstands fall over. A lot. And then they go in the bin.
When it comes down to how many legs on the stand, we’re big fans of the classic two leg design where a central telescopic column leans forward placing the bike’s centre of gravity more in between the two legs. Workstands with three or four legs may be great for accessing a full 360° around the bike but, in the real world, you rarely need 360° access. Far better to have a long two-legged stand with a good clamp that can be quickly and safely tweaked to get to reposition/rotate the bike a bit as and when you need to get access to an otherwise hard to reach part.
Accessories and spares
One of the best things about going with a workstand from one of the established premium brands is the availability of accessories and spares. Not only do these brands’ workstands tend to last a lot longer anyway, but it is great to have the ability to buy replacement jaw pads, QR brackets, rubber feet and accessories like magnetic dishes or part trays that mount on the central column.